Peaceful Heart Retreat

Friday November 10 – Sunday November 12
Deer Valley Meadows Camp & Conference Centre
40km East of Red Deer, AB

The Peaceful Heart retreat will focus on understanding our feelings and practically processing them. We will train in equanimity of feeling – especially our feeling towards other people; transforming anger into patience, hatred into love, unhappiness and depression into contentment and all forms of uncontrolled desire into peace of mind.

This retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of previous meditation experience.

The retreat begins on Friday with Offering to the Spiritual Guide, a session of prayers and requests to receive the blessing of the stages of the path to enlightenment, including a special offering feast. This is a Kadampa Buddhist heart practice and will give us many blessings and power for our retreat. There will also be a short introduction to the retreat.


The Peaceful Heart Retreat will be held at Deer Valley Meadows Christian Camp & Conference Centre, about 40km east of Red Deer. We’re staying in the Gazebo Place, which has six bedrooms with dormitory-style accommodations for about 29 people. Washrooms, showers with individual stalls, a comfortable lounge and Wi-Fi are also available.

Deer Valley Meadows on Google Maps →


Friday, November 10

6 -7 pm: Arrival and Check-in
7 pm: Short Introductory Talk
7:30–9:15 pm: “Offering to the Spiritual Guide” with offering feast

Saturday, November 11

7:00–8:30 am: Teaching & Meditation Session
8:30: Breakfast
11am–12 pm: Meditation Session
12:30 pm: Lunch
3:30–5pm: Teaching & Meditation Session
5 :30 pm: Dinner
7:30–8:30 pm: Meditation Session

Sunday, November 12

7:30–8:30 am: Meditation Session
8:30 am: Breakfast
10–11 am: Begin Packing
11–12 pm: Meditation Session
12 :30 pm: Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm: Meditation Session
2:30–3 pm: Clean-up and Departure


$285 / $265 for Supporting Members

($295 after October 31st)

Registration costs include two nights accommodation, vegetarian meals, and snacks. (We can cater to some dietary restrictions. Please advise us of your needs.)

You can register in a number of ways:

  • Call Akshobya Centre at (403) 454-7595 (credit card only)
  • Pay at the Centre at a drop-in class
  • Use the form below to register online using PayPal or a credit card. (You don’t need a PayPal account: On the PayPal site, look for a link near “Don’t have a PayPal account?” to pay with a credit card.)

Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on this form! We will need them to contact you to confirm your registration and to provide more information about the retreat.

Attendee Name
Email address & phone number

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your retreat registration on or before October 1, we will refund your event fee less a non-refundable 25% deposit. We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations after October 1.

Exceptions can be made in cases of unexpected serious illness or bereavement. Please contact the Administrative Director: